Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Cookies

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp softened butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar (maybe more)
3/4 cup brown sugar (maybe more)
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions Combine peanut butter and softened butter in a large bowl with a fork or whisk, or in a stand mixer. Add the sugars and mix to combine. At this point if the filling will roll easily into balls without sticking to your hands you’re ready to go. If not, add a little more of each sugar until you reach a consistency that is easy to roll (I used about 3/4 cup of each sugar).Use a teaspoon measure to scoop the filling. Roll each portion into a small ball, then sandwich them between two whole pretzels. When all the balls are rolled and successfully sandwiched, stick the whole tray in the freezer for about half an hour.Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and heat at 30-second intervals, stirring occasionally until completely melted. Remove the pretzel sandwiches from the freezer and quickly dip each half-way into the melted chocolate. Return to the tray and repeat with remaining sandwiches. When all are dipped, return the tray to the freezer to set up completely. Store the sandwiches in the refrigerator until serving time.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
For the recipe check out here:
Swirled Chocolate Mint Layer Bars
2 cups finely ground creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
1 cup flaked coconut
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chocolate mint chips
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in 13x9 pan in oven; remove from oven. Sprinkle cookie crumbs over butter, press. Sprinkl with nuts and coconut. Pour sweetened condensed milk over top. Sprinkle chips, press down slightly. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


A great thing about acrylic stamps is you can shape them. I used a border stamp from Wings which is straight but placed my block on top of the shape I wanted to stamp on. Then I formed my stamp to fit that shape, then ink and stamp.

Here is where I saved paper. My feelings are if you can not see it then you can use it for somewhere else.

Backside of the layout. This layout is from Close To My Heart's Magic found on page 28 and the paper, stickies and stamped images are from the Wings Collection. I would like to thank Myra Grodzuik for the idea of paper and stamp choices. The ribbon is new to CTMH it comes pleated but I ripped out the stitching and scrunched it, holding it in place with staples. I like to save paper wherever I can so these pictures show how I was able to save some paper.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

National Scrapbooking Month Promotion

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Crafting Life's Pieces Blog Candy

Check out Crafting Life's Pieces for some great blog candy. Chelsea will pick a winner on April 5th.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cranberry Orange Muffins Anyone??

If you are looking for a really good recipe for cranberry orange muffins then try this one here.
I did make one change I substituted the 1/4 cup of oil with applesauce, a great way to make them even healthier.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mojo Monday 181

Here is my Mojo Monday interpretation. I used paper from My Mind's Eye new collection Stella and Rose, Gertie. The stamp image is one I have had for a long time from Stampabilities, called phonograph.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I Won!!

I was so excited to find out last week that I won all of these goodies from Love My Paper. Emily already claimed some items for herself. I can not wait to use my new Cricut cartridge for Emily's dance recital pictures. Thank you La-kesha for this wonderful gift of goodies.

Monday, March 7, 2011


I have been meaning to post this for awhile. I made Emily's Christmas dress along with one for Rebecca her American Girl doll. For Christmas she got a My Twinn and a dress to match also. I know enough about sewing that when you make more then one item and add up the amount of fabric you need for each to purchase you will have some extra, since you can move the pattern pieces around to fit better and save fabric, but more then three yards extra was a lot. With all of the extra fabric I decided to make myself a skirt to match, I still could of made something else out of what was then left.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Last of A Delightful Waste of Time Blog Challenges

First I am sorry for the quality of my picture, but I had to use my point and shoot to take the picture. This was for a color challange over at A Delightful Waste of Time.

Sketch Challenge

Here was the sketch challenge from A Delightful Waste of Time.

I used Wings workshop stamp set from CTMH. Stamped and then embossed with CTMH red embossing powder.

Gift Packaging Challenge

I decided to post this for A Delightful Waste of Time's blog challenge on gift packaging. I just used a plain brown bag for this with white tissue. The papers are Close to My Heart from the Creative Basics Mistletoe Collection along with the Adorn-able stamp set to create the ornaments. The Merry Christmas came from the St Nick set. I embossed most of the stamping on this. The bottom picture I am showing you how the bag covers look from the front and back side. To make the bag topper cut it the width of your bag and then decide how far you want it to come down and then double that length. Fold your paper in half and cut a slit a quarter of an inch wide and for the length cut it a quarter of an inch longer on each side then the width of your handles. The bottom border I used a Martha Stewart boarder punch. For the tissue paper I random stamped using CTMH All the Best stamp set in cranberry, cocoa, and new england ivy.

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

This was the inspiration photo for Meredith's blog birthday challange over at A Delightful Waste of Time.

The paper I used was Brenda Walton from K and Co. which I have had for a long time, the Rose sticker is also from Brenda Walton. I ruffled my own ribbon using my sewing machine.

A Birthday Blog Challenge

Meredith' s Birthday Blog Bash first blog challenge over at A Delightful Waste of Time
was to create something for a birthday. I used an empty Ovaltine jar for this, the stamp set is Waltzing Mouse Rescue Remedies which goes with Spellbinders Labels 4 dies. Papers are Close To My Heart Veranda.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sweet Little Ones

I pulled some paper out I have had for awhile from Collage Press line Knave of Hearts. Used an Anna Griffin stamp and some K and Company ephemera.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Girl

The base paper is CTMH Colonial White and the pattern paper is all Anna Griffin. The two stamps used on the left side are Anna Griffin and the on the right is from CTMH. I used Tsukineko glue pad to adhere the glitter, it works wonderfully.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Daddy Read to Me

I used Brenda Walton papers from K and Company for this layout. I do not remember the font name but I used SCAL to cut it out with my Cricut. The heart boarder is Martha Stewart.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Weapons of Mass Percussion

I wanted to share a video of my son Alec playing the drums at his schools talent show, Jeff and I are so proud of him. He has had so many struggles, multiple heart surgeries, ADHD and Aspergers, and for me to hear him play gives me so much joy, even being woken up at 6:30 a.m. by him playing. It is a gift God has given him and we can't wait to see how he uses it. Alec is only 9 years old, but has been playing since he was only two. He started taking lessons about two years ago and we are so thankful for Jonathan, who has been giving Alec lessons, he has been so understanding. On another note if you notice the front of his bass drum, I used my cricut to cut Alec out of vinyl with the font from the Nifty Fifty cartridge.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #31

This is what I created for Waltzingmouse sketch challenge. I decided to keep it simple and used kraft paper and gingham ribbon, which was two white so I used Tim Holtz antique photo ink to darken it up. Stamp sets I used were Waltzingmouse Seasons of Love and Stampin Up Wheel, stamped in CTMH Tulip.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Circle Of Love

I used Magnifique paper collection and the Circle Of Love stamp set from CTMH. Both cards I embossed with Cuttlebug embossing folder Moroccan Screen. The top card I used glitter called none other then peacock.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Find Your Style

I used CTMH stamp of the month Find Your Style for both of these. The top card I used paper from the new Wings collection and misted it with black. For the bottom card I used half of a Spellbinders scalloped circle and pleated it for the skirt.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Universal Backgrounds

I used Close To My Heart's new stamp set Universal Backgrounds (for sale in Feb.). The image above I stamped in Moments Tuxedo Black and then placed the heart doilie down and sprayed a mixture of alcohol and tulip re-inker. If you wanted it more red then just add more re-inker. I then used the doilie on the card on the bottom. The bird is from this months stamp of the month Find Your Style, stamped in chocolate and tulip.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

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Sewing for My Girls

I was just going through my posts and saw I uploaded this picture but never did anything with it. I made these for Emily and Rebecca for Halloween. Yes, Jeff and I have two daughters, since Rebecca goes many places with us. We tell Emily and Alec, that Rebecca is our good child, since she never talks back to us, we do not need to feed here, do her laundry, pick-up after her, nor does she grow out of her clothes. Though her clothes can still be costly, even for being so small. Soon I will post pictures of their Christmas dresses, with our new addition to the family.

Friday, January 14, 2011

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